Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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Title Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.
Series Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.
Genre romance, paranormal
Number of pages 306
Published August 24th 2015 by P&S, Inc.

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Immortal Matchmakers is a spin off series of Accidentally Yours series. But, I think you can read it, without reading the original. Never having read it, I didn't feel lost in the story.

Zac, God of Temptation and Cimil, goddess of the Underworld were punished, lost their powers and have now started a matchmaking business for other immortals. First on the list is Andrus a Demigod, who used to be deadly assassin. 

Cimil is very fun character, as fun as she is evil. She hires Sadie, who is an inspiring actress, to turn him into gentleman, before he meets his mate.

It's very light and funny story. I just few through it and grinned the whole way. :) It's definitely one of the guilty-pleasure reads for me. :))

Happy reading,

Anie

Monday, February 19, 2018

Devil's gold by Amanda McKinney

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Author Amanda McKinney
Title Devil’s Gold 
Series Black Rose Mystery #1
Published February 13th 2018
Genre romance, mystery, thriller
Number of pages 121

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Synopsis 

Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until Lizzie Meyers is found naked and beaten to death at a local, seedy motel. 

While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When Liam connects Dixie’s current case to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help find the killer, and keep her safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not. 

After another woman is found brutally beaten, Dixie turns the town upside down trying to solve the mystery—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blond receptionist at the local medical clinic? 

Time is running out and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.

Review

Dixie Knight works with her sibling at Black Rose investigation as a PI (family company). She is very good at what she does. She get hired to find a missing woman. Even though it look like ordinary missing person care, it transforms into something a lot worse.

I love the mystery and PI work she did, she is very good at her job and I loved seeing her search clues. I like the format, the length was just perfect. :) It keep me glues to the page from the start to finish. And I really look forward to read more in the series.

One I didn't like, was the romance, I think it needed more time

It's one of those book that would be perfect for a movie. :)

Happy reading,

Anie 

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Hexcommunicated by Rafael Chandler

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Author Rafael Chandler
Title Hexcommuncated
Published July 7 2012 by Neoplastic Press
Number of pages 302
Genre urban fantasy, sci-fi

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Synopsis


When the sun comes up, the girl of his dreams will murder him.

The name is Tepes. Nicolae Tepes. I'm a federal agent with Hex Division.

When the sun comes up, the girl of my dreams is going to kill me.

My partner's a werewolf, but we get along okay. We were investigating this murder when we stumbled across a conspiracy unlike anything we've ever dealt with before. Ghostmortems, Scarevoyants, all kinds of freaks.

It started bad and got worse quick: a psychic on our team had a vision of the future. At sunrise, I'll die at the hands of the woman I love, and then a psychotic death cult will deploy a supernatural weapon of mass destruction.

We've got eight hours to prevent this prophecy from coming true, but the psychics of Hex Division are never wrong...

Review

Hexcommunicated it's a great book with very interesting world. Government made new kinds of soldiers, with surgeries and implants to make them heroes resembling supernatural beings: vampires, werewolves, Frankensteins,...

Nikolae is vampoule, he has fangs, speed, he can hypnotize people, basically he is super cool :). When investigating crime scene, he and his partner walked into something much worse. 

Stumbling into conspiracy, they discover there much more going on than they realized. They discover  vision of him dying (and they are never wrong), there is a threat of another terrorist attack and on top of all that, they are about to be Hexcommunicated.

Start of the book is a bit slow, there is a lot of world building and info dump (that is totally necessary), but after that the plot really picks up. It's non stop suspense and action. I was on the edge of my seat. :)

My favourite part were definitely reading about all the supernatural and how they work/were maid. 

I love the relationship between him and his partner. I was pulled into the world and I love sci-fi aspect of it. 

It would make an amazing movie. :)


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Happy reading,

Anie

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Web of Frost by Lindsay Smith

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Author Lindsay Smith
Title Web of Frost
Series Saints of Russalka #1
Number of pages 400
Genre ya, fantasy
Published February 13th by Eventide Press

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Synopsis

The saints of Russalka work their blessings in mysterious ways, allowing the royal family to perform miracles for their people. But the young princess Katza fears her powers. She’s seen grave visions of her bloodied hands destroying her family’s empire. When her older brother succumbs to illness, leaving her next in line for the throne, Katza turns to a young rebellious prophet named Ravin who promises to teach her how to control her gift. As unrest grows in Russalka and a foreign monarchy threatens, Ravin understands Katza's fears and helps her find confidence in her gift, and her own heart. Under Ravin’s unorthodox training, Katza learns to hear the saints once more—until revolutionaries claim her father’s life. Reeling and desperate, Katza draws upon darker and darker powers to stop the revolutionaries, the foreign invaders, and the members of her own court who would see her fail. But the more Ravin whispers in her ear, the more Katza questions whether he—and the saints—have her best interests at heart. She must choose between her love of Ravin and her love of Russalka itself—and decide whether her empire might not be better 

Review

Web of Frost is high-fantasy novel with very unique and intriguing setting. Is the world where power/magic is received from Saints, if you are lucky enough to be blessed and highly controlled by the Church. The magic system is very thought out, with good take on religion. You can draw a lot of parallels with history.

Katza is afraid of her powers, because of horrible vision. She doesn't use them. Being second in line for the throne, she didn't though she will have to. After untimely deaths, when she is in charge, she relies heavily on Ravin to guide and teach her. 

I like the way Ravin guided her, not telling her what to do, but encouraging her to listen to herself, empowering her.

I really like his characters, it's very complex and mysterious. 

The start was a bit slow, but after about third of the book, it's get really intense and I couldn't put it down.


I didn't like her at first didn't like her at first, she din't have a spine or opinions. I loved to see her grow, to see her growing a spine, growing into her role and her powers. I love her strength at the end and determination

She went from no voice, to the total opposite of it, and it took a lot to find her own self and the right thing to do.



Happy reading,

Anie

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wicked Soul by Nora Ash

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Author Nora Ash
Title Wicked Soul 
Series Ancient Blood
Published February 10th 2017
Genre paranormal, vampires, witches, magic, romance


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Synopsis

He saved me… And then he blood-bonded me. Now I’m his. 

My first meeting with a Chicago vampire went better than expected. 
Up until that night, all I knew about vampires was limited to a few common facts: they drink blood, they get a mean sunburn and if you find yourself alone with one, you’re dead. 
Except he didn’t kill me. 
Sexy, broody Warin clearly had his own reasons for sparing my life and tying me with his blood, but if he’d known how much trouble I’d attract, I bet he wouldn’t have bothered. When he blood-bonded me, secrets even I didn’t know about myself came to light. 
Secrets that will pull us both deep into the eternal war between vampires and the witches determined to rid the world of their evil. 
We have only one choice now: fight the forces hell-bent on breaking our bond… Or die.


Review

Story starts with Liv getting kidnapped for reading vampire book and thrown into cage with real vampire. Instead of killing and eating her, he saves her life. Few months after that, they meet again and from a friendship. The more Liv gets involved in supernatural world, the more danger there is for her. 

One of my favourite thing about the book is Liv. She is what a strong character should be. She stand up for herself and doesn't let anyone tell her what to do. I love reading the way she talked with Warin.

As you slowly ease into this world, you see the way their friendship evolve. I love that the romance for once in based on friendship and mutual respect (breath of fresh air :)). 

I love the urban setting of it and supernaturals in it.

Highly recommend to anyone who loves good urban fantasy. :)

Happy reading,
Anie

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Baby Girl by C. M. Stunich

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Title Baby Girl 
Author C.M. Stunich
Published January 29th 2018
Genre romance, new adult


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Synopsis

He died that night, alone, in the rain, in the dark, the boy that called me baby girl. 

I was only seventeen; we were going to be together forever. 

On his way to pick me up for prom, he swerved. I’ll never know what made him do it, what killed the boy I’d loved my whole life. With roses clutched in his hand, he bled out in icy wetness all alone.

His best friend is here though, and I’m pretty sure he loves me.
But after the accident, I left for a year and didn’t look back. 
Now I’m back in town and my heart is like shattered glass.
Do I pick up the pieces and risk getting cut? And do I let another boy call me baby girl?

Review

You know the book is written well, if it makes you care for characters and cry within first few pages.

Baby girls is incredibly beautiful and painful story of three best friends. When one dies, the world colapses for both of them and they deal with it in very different ways.

Codrick and Embry were very much in love and engaged by the time they were 17. When he died she ran away, away from her best friends (Phoenix) and her family. She thought she will never be able to love again.

Phoenix stayed. His life was very hard and there is lot going on under surface. When Embry comes back in his life after more than a year, he is determined to get her back. 

The story start on very sad note (I was crying so much...) and end on very happy one. I was amazed at the writing, the characters were very much alive for me, I was rooting for them both from the start. Neither were perfect, with a lot of faults, but there was just something, that made me love them. 

I love the setting of the story, every time Phoenix talked I imagined him sounding like Mama Odie in Princess and the Frog 😆 (that's probably totally wrong:))

It's such a great story, I enjoyed reading it. :)

Happy reading,

Anie




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Monday, February 12, 2018

Romanov by Samaire Provost

Author Samaire Provost
Title Romanov
Published January 24th 2018
Genres na, urban fantasy

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Synopsis

In an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan, two enemies battle to the death, while outside, a malevolent entity watches and waits and plots, eager for blood. On an island in the heart of Seattle, an immortal princess struggles to lead a normal life just as a flood of terrifying creatures starts to pour in through a portal that should not be there. A young man meets a classmate while walking home from the college library, and embarks on the most dangerous adventure he’s ever known – will he survive? A deranged madman hunts the girl he’s lusted after for a century, in a relentless pursuit for vengeance. A prehistoric, mythical beast jealously guards a primeval land, which is leaking into present-day Seattle. A sweet, forbidden passion blossoms between two lovers who steal moments whenever they can, while unbeknownst to them, they’re hunted by a deadly creature.

A royal family threatened at its weakest – yet lethal in its own right – is stalked by an ancient evil that will not rest until they are utterly destroyed: a nightmare incarnate that has waited millions of years for revenge threatens the very existence of the young lovers and their family.

Will they prevail?
Excerpt


Spread out in front of them as they reached the top step was a panorama. Everything was in dark colors, with only backlit midnight blue touches here and there. The banner across the top far wall read, “The Vampire Across the Ages.”
Anna kept her face straight. What were the odds? Did he know? No, he couldn’t. Could he? No …  
“Oh, this is fascinating,” he marveled as he let go of her hand and moved to examine the first piece in the exhibit.
Spread across the spacious top floor, the exhibit showed both the literary figure of the vampire, beginning with the most famous, Count Dracula, throughout the ages; and the historical figure of the vampire. A huge corner was dedicated to Bram Stoker’s novel. Anna moved to study the many artifacts and panels explaining it all.
Eric moved to the next piece, which was a large display of the historical Vlad the Impaler, and the history of his time.
“I had no idea Count Dracula was a real historical hero,” he said, half to himself. Coming up behind him, Anna looked over his shoulder at the presentation.
“Fascinating,” was all she said.
Eric lingered for several minutes reading the background on Vlad the Impaler; the Prince of Wallachia, he learned, was still hailed as a folk hero in Romania and Europe for defending the population against the Ottomans. The exhibit also featured some artifacts from Eastern Europe, including a painting of the prince against the backdrop of the Danube. It was beautiful.
Eric and Anna moved to examine all the artifacts near the front of the exhibit, then they walked to the side to examine depictions of vampires in various cultures. It explained how myth and fact merged, and how both were clouded in the mists of history. One display focused on African legends of creatures called shetani, primitive vampire-like animal spirits whose bodies were pitch black, distorted and shaped in unnatural ways, as if evolution had gone mad.
The back wall of the exhibit was cloaked in shadows. A diorama stretching back to half the length of the building and reaching up over twenty feet high had been set up as a huge European forest. Majestic great horned owls perched on high branches, hunched over, glowering down at the forest floor.
Back in the dark outer reaches of the forest, just visible from behind the trees, wolves and foxes with glowing eyes could be seen. Eric’s steps brought him toe to toe with the edge of the ‘forest’ and he peered into the dark shadows. Several silhouettes were suggestive of vampires lurking deep in the forest, peering out from behind the trees in this almost surreal woodland, which stretched back farther than they could see in the dim light.
A trail had been built, suggesting that patrons walk the winding path through the forest. If they looked hard, the suggestion of a black painted wall could be seen on the edges of the diorama, but otherwise, the illusion of a spooky forest reaching back a hundred miles was convincing. Eric stood at the head of the trail, not wanting to appear nervous, but feeling uncertain nevertheless.


“Do you want to go in?” he asked quietly.

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Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Rating 💚 💚 💚 Title Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. Series Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. Genre romance, paranormal Number of pages 306 Publ...